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Appeals Court: D.C. DUI Law Applies To Bike Riding

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By Rebecca Blatt

The District's court of appeals has made a ruling in an unusual case: the court says that the city's ban on driving under the influence also applies to riding a bike.

The ruling came in an appeal from Baker Everton, who was arrested in 2007. According to the court, police first found Everton standing next to his bike, shouting and barely able to stand. The officers warned him not to ride his bike, but Everton did anyway, nearly hitting a child in a crosswalk before losing control of the bike and falling.

That's when police arrested him for driving under the influence.

D.C.'s DUI law prohibits "operating a vehicle" under the influence of alcohol.

Everton argued that bikes are not vehicles. The appeals court said the language of the law and the dictionary say otherwise.

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